Polar Plunge to Benefit Kids in the Creek

By Jane Falkenstein | Jan 30, 2013
Photo by: Jane Falkenstein Kids in the Creek eighth-graders love getting in to the Pigeon River.

Haywood Waterways Association and Lake Junaluska Assembly are hosting a Polar Plunge benefit for Kids in the Creek. The event will be held Saturday, February 23 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Lake Junaluska beach. It features a “plunge”, actually a run, into Lake Junaluska followed by a hot chili lunch. Costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and best costumes.


The cost is $20 with all proceeds benefitting Haywood Waterway's Kids in the Creek program. The lunch will cost $5 with proceeds benefiting Lake Junaluska Assembly and their work to preserve the lake.


The organizations are seeking sponsorships and brave folks to plunge into Lake Junaluska. Registration information is available at haywoodwaterways.org, facebook.com/HaywoodWaterwaysAssociation, or by contacting Eric Romaniszyn, Executive Director at info@haywoodwaterways.org or 828-476-4667.


Kids in the Creek is Haywood Waterways' premier education event. It is a hands-on learning experience about water quality, and each student rotates through four stations – water chemistry, the EnviroScape stormwater model, benthic macroinvertebrates, and fish. The latter two get students in the water to flip over rocks and learn about the many creatures living in the Pigeon River. In the 15 years the event has been held, Haywood Waterways has reached over 10,000 8th grade students. It is consistently one of the more memorable experiences students have from their final year of middle school, and is an important tool for teachers. As one teacher said, ““Kids in the Creek does more to increase students understanding of water and water quality than anything I could do in the classroom. It has been a valuable learning tool for many years and something the students and I look forward to every year.”


Haywood Waterways is a nonprofit association dedicated to maintaining and improving the water quality of the Pigeon River watershed in Haywood County.